Set up Parental Controls for the iPhone or IPad | Physical Security for Your Phone – Part 2


This is one in a series of blog posts I have put together describing how to setup parental controls for an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch.  If  you find this material helpful, you may want to download the Kindle version of my Book.  It contains even more information to guide you through the steps to ensure your child’s iPhone is secure.

Physical Security – Secure Your Phone

When I speak of physical security on your computer, I’m speaking about the phone itself and the data contained within it.  We are mainly concerned with protecting your phone from wear and tear as well as loss or theft.  In other words, this section is all about protecting your phone from harm and loss.  This is the first step to set parental controls.  In later sections we’ll talk about visiting websites or installing apps.

Secure Your Phone From Damage

*Get a Cell Phone Case

The first thing you’ll want to do before handing a phone over to your child is to make sure to secure your phone in a rugged case.  You can find many great ideas on  When choosing a case, keep in mind it should:

  • Be rugged enough to save your phone from drops onto concrete.
  • Be somewhat water proof.  It may not save your phone from a dip in the pool, but the case should be good enough to survive in a wet pocket during a rain downpour.
  • The case should be bright and distinctive.  This makes it easier to find it if misplaced, and not easily mistaken for someone else’s phone.
  • The case should have a screen protector to shield the screen from scratches and sticky hands.

We recommend Otterbox; these cases are very rugged and waterproof.  They cost more than some of the “skins” you’ll see on the market, yet they are worth it when you consider how much a cracked screen costs to replace.  Last summer I had to replace my cracked screen.  I essentially had to replace the phone with a refurbished model, which cost me approximately $150.00.

*Lock Your iPhone

You want to lock your phone so that if it falls into the wrong hands an individual can’t just pick it up and start using it.  This is important since many apps don’t have passwords, and providing immediate access to personal information and social media sites.  Whether it is malicious or just a prank, you’ll want to avoid having someone pick up your child’s phone and posting trash on Facebook or Twitter.

Lock Your PhoneThe iPhone™ comes with a built-in locking mechanism which is really easy to set up.  The lock is activated in the setting section of the phone.

Be sure to follow these simple guidelines when locking your phone:

  • Pick a code that is easy for you and your child to remember.
  • Both you and your child should know the code.  It is unacceptable for the child to keep it as a secret.
  • Don’t share the code with friends.  Treat it as private family information.

To lock your phone open up the phone’s settings screen.  If you don’t know where it is, you can search for “Settings.”  Once you’re viewing the settings screen you can:

  1. Tap General
  2. Scroll down and tap Passcode Lock
  3. Tap Turn Passcode On
  4. Enter a four digit passcode and verify.

Once these steps are completed you’re taken back to the Passcode Lock screen.  Here you can tweak some of your phone’s locking behavior.  For instance, if you wish, you allow access to applications, such as Siri, without unlocking your phone.

For now I would recommend leaving these settings as they are.


If  you find this material helpful, you may want to download the Kindle version of my Book.  It contains even more information to guide you through the steps to set parental controls so your child’s iPhone is secure.

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